[b]Sorry, Haters[/b] [color=red]7.0/10[/color] :fresh:
[i]Sorry, Haters[/i] tries to cover too many things to, well, hate, all in the one flick and it requires a rather drastic suspension of disbelief about three quarters in.
Having said that, both of the leads are remarkably compelling in their bizarre, psychopathic ways and, though perhaps I shouldn't admit it, I didn't spot quite [i]all[/i] the twists and turns well beforehand in this one unlike the usual dreary "thrillers" being thrown at the screen. I could perhaps put some of my appreciation of this flick down to a certain amount of accountant empathy for Phoebe, having been drumming through other people's millions for the last couple of decades. But even for those of you without a book-keeping bent the twisted, unreal, people here should be entertaining enough.
[b]Secret Men's Business[/b] [color=red]6.5/10[/color] :fresh:
Four old mates gather together for the funeral of their old English Lit teacher some 12 years after high school, and form an impromptu wake at his beach house. Amidst the drinking, the ogling of topless women, and endless rounds of poker, truth and self-realisation ensue.
This Australian film is pretty well cast. The leads are (mostly) well targeted and the downcast Doug (Ben Mendelsohn) is a pretty much spot on burnt out creative genius trapped in advertising purgatory. The others come across well too, but really the characterisations here are a bit thin and heavy on the stereotypes. Or maybe they're archetypes. The first, oh, half of the flick is interesting and involving as the "secrets" come out, but the film loiters too long, lingers unnecessarily around the ending, and comes out dragging. Toss in an awful confrontation with a biker gang, and the whole tone slips badly in the second half rendering the fast forward button a tempting target.
Watch the first 45 minutes, fast forward through the rest with subtitles on, and you won't miss much. But still, this is a slightly better than average flick and deserves an appropriate score.